The Modular Design for English Language Learners (MODELL) Instruction program is a professional development program offered by Penn State Lehigh Valley and supported by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) of the US Department of Education.
MODELL instruction was designed as a hybrid English as a second language (ESL) professional development offering that provides teacher training in five distinct areas: theoretical understanding of second language acquisition, cultural awareness and its impact on language learning, content knowledge aligned with State standards and assessment, teaching strategies for working with students, and professional learning communities organized to design, implement, and evaluate classroom practices and teacher-research inquiry projects.
The MODELL Instruction program differs from the ESL professional development programs typically available to teachers in a number of significant ways:
- It is a program that engages participants in a yearlong training experience that emphasizes the combining of theoretical knowledge and of pedagogically sound, ELL- appropriate instructional practices.
- In deference to the practical constraints of teachers’ lives, the program combines the flexibility of online learning with the familiarity and social power of colleague groups through the establishment of professional learning communities (PLCs).
- MODELL instruction is framed around an inquiry model that is designed to: (1) enable context-sensitive treatment of inquiries and problems; and (2) support sustained interaction among participants even after the completion of the program.